Colors of Life like colors of rainbow

Eye on every activities that catches my mind and touches my heart


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Sound of Silence

My entry

Breaks your silence

My eyes

Attracts you

With the feelings unchanged

I knock your inner door

You let me in

We laugh

We cry

We love

We touch

We live in ecstasy

You

amuse me with your touch

not with your hands

kissed me with tenderness

Not with your lips

with your love

You keep me alive

We shape and idol

We get drunk in love

We play in love

We raise hope in love

We make castle in love

Idol melt

Love spill

Love panic

Love fade

Castle blown away

I cried

A silent night

Silent tears

A silent moment

A silent ray of hope

Darkness engulf

Flower wither

Love disappear

Heart melt

Love unveil

I am in search

for

My spirit

My love

My soul

My existence

Do not beg

Do not open your heart

Do not keep wondering

Do not seek

Now

It is

Time for silence

Time to observe

Time to worship

Time to pray

and

Listen to

Sound of Silence


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Fasting purifies your body, speech and mind

“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence,  quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.” Saint Augustine

Few days ago I attended the Nyung Ne  retreat at Kopan Nunnery. I was busy in practicing Nuyng Ne so I can’t take more pictures. I hope you will enjoy this article with few pictures too.   Nuyng Ne is a fasting retreat to purify your negative Karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. Moreover, it  is a powerful and quick method to purify  a lot of negativities and at the same time collect a vast amount of merit. Meditators of the past have been able cure disease such as Leprosy through this practice. There is a story on Nyung Ne which goes like this. Gelongma Pelmo was born to a royal family in India. She abandoned the luxury of royal palace and  follow the path of Buddhism which she carry out for 12 years. One day her previous negative Karma ripened and she was stricken terribly with leprosy. However she overcome this disease with the practice of sadhana, mantra chanting and fasting for the one-thousand armed and one thousand eyed Chenrezig ( Avalokiteshvara). From that day onwards the practice of Nyung Ne continues. However, the principal purpose of the practice is to purify our negative Karma and to accumulate merit.

Kopan Nunnery  Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

Kopan Nunnery
Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

Gelongma Pelmo  Image Source : Google

Gelongma Pelmo
Image Source : Google

On the first day  I was  accompanied by other 200 nuns and more than 30 foreigners and few locals for the Nyung Ne. We started the practice at 3:30 am. We take the 8 Mahayana precepts i,e avoidance of killing, stealing, sexual activity, telling lies, taking intoxicants, not eating more than one meal, no singing/dancing/playing music, wearing jewelry and using high seats or beds.  Interestingly, Nyung Ne also coincides with Saka Dawa. It is the special months in which Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment and parinirvana all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. We chant mantras, did prayers for Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) followed by prostrations. I was so moved doing all this that most of the time I sob. I can’t scribble in words right now. It was unbelievable.  At 12 noon, we had heavy lunch and thereafter, we skip our dinner but of course, we had the privilege to drink tea till 9 pm.

 Beautiful Nuns  Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

Beautiful Nuns
Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

 

Nuns debating Photo source : Kopan Nunnery

Nuns debating
Photo source : Kopan Nunnery

On the second day,  we start our day very early at 4am. In this  day, besides taking eight precepts, we took on additional vows of not speaking (expect reciting the prayers and mantras) not eating and not drinking for 24 hours. The meditation and practice sessions includes prostrations and reciting mantras. Specifically, the fasting of body (food and drink) , purifies the obscurations of body; the fasting of speech (silence) purifies the obscurations of speech and  the fasting of mind (meditation etc.) purifies the obscurations  of mind.

We start to prostrate in front of altar and recited mantras without having any food or drinks lead by respected Lama Gurus. This process continued till 6am.  At the end of the day I experience little  hunger, thirst, tiredness and dizziness . Likewise pain from doing prostrations. I am able to ease my pain knowing that I am purifying a great deal of my negative Karma accumulated over countless eons . I remember what Buddha has advised the  “middle way” – not too soft, not too tough. During fasting  I experience discomfort, but it is bearable and not too tough.  This pain  and discomfort gives me better understanding of the suffering experienced by animals, hungry ghosts, and some humans, and thus develop greater compassion for all sentient beings, and greater renunciation of samsara. Our fasting ended at 4 am the next day, where initially we were offered to drink a handful of holy water and thereafter a series of drinks . Hence, everyone seems to be alive once again with a smile on everyone’s face after the heavy meal.  All of the nuns finished 8 sets  ( 16 days)of Nyung Ne.  perhaps we can imagine how they feel. Besides all this hardship  I can see them all content and smiling all the times.

everyone busy prostrating

everyone busy prostrating

me doing prostration

me doing prostration

If you find this kind of practice awkward and you do not believe in this kind of practice even scientific research have proved that fasting is good for health. The Telegraph recently reported that scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered that fasting “for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as ‘remarkable.'”Researchers suggest that the mechanism behind this phenomenon is that “starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.” And fasting “‘flips a regenerative switch’ which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

nuns offering puja

nuns offering puja

Nyung Ne practice  proves to be  advantage for my spiritual growth.  It was also an unforgettable and interesting experience for me. After leaving Kopan Nunnery my mind says this two days of Nyung Ne is not enough for me. I would love to do whole sets i.e. 8 sets ( 16 days ) of Nyung Ne in the future.


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Meditation for a Healthy Living

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death

 Oxford dictionary defines meditation as : Focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. Meditation is  certainly not a panacea it is something that can bring positive qualities in your life – awareness, focuses, compassion and generosity to name just a few. Human being are born nothing but they are raised something. There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind and to change them for the better. Human life is precious. Every second of our life is meaningful because everything has consequences. Whatever we  do, feel or think builds habits and sows the seeds of cause and effect.  We do not realize this.   In fact, we are profoundly attached to   jealousy, greed, misery, anxieties, fears, hatred and we embrace them all time.

Photo credit : Google

Photo credit : Google

Mind is everything. Healthy mind makes healthy body.  We should protect our mental health with the same care that we give to our  physical body. Just as our  body requires healthy, nourishing foods, and a balanced diet, so does our mind. Make sure you feed it plenty of positive thoughts . Above all, most illness begins with a negative mind. There is remedy for negative mind.  Meditation is the best  mantra to keep your mind healthy. There are many techniques of meditation. First we need to know what meditation exactly is. Meditation is watching your mind, staying meaningful. The most important question is how to watch or stay meaningful when mind is travelling so fast. It is said our mind travels faster than light . There is one thought coming after another and then you cannot even stay in meditation for a minute. In such a condition to watch is mind is nearly impossible. Of course there is solution to this problem. It can only be meditation.

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Photo Credit : Google

If you are learning meditation one thing you need to be clear that  to practice meditation requires time. Don’t give up because you feel like it isn’t working. It you don’t have patience you can’t.   With time and by practicing  you will make progress deliberately. The most important thing is that you need to have deep feeling that meditation is going to bring positive result in your life. Be thankful to what you have. Feel that everything is impermanence. Sit in comfortable position.  While meditating keep your spine straight and erect and the body relaxed. Having thoughts during meditation is natural. Let it come and go. Do not try to dominate your thoughts. If you feel sleepy  , sleep and practice  again in your suitable time. It’s not a good idea for force yourself to stay alert . Be calm and watch everything that arises.   In the beginning you can sit in meditation for 5 minutes. Once you feel you can watch your mind than you can increase your time too. Nevertheless, minimum 30 minutes will have some effect in you.  Gradually your meditation will become your habit. Moreover, you will find your mind more focused and peaceful.

deeply meditating

my meditation posture

I am neither mediation teacher nor a  meditation specialist. I am ordinary human being,  an avid practitioner of meditation. I am meditating for more than 8 years. In the beginning I find it  difficult. However, I give continuity . Slowly I find changes in my mind. I feel more peace.  Nowadays meditation is like oxygen for me.  It helps me staying mindful all the time.  It makes me feel everything is impermanent . Daily I meditate for forty-five minutes. It’s like having food daily.  I have experienced  each moment in meditation is always healing. Your body and mind take exactly what it needs from your practice. It simplifies our outer life and energizes our inner self.  It is a divine gift in this chaotic life.  Just try it once your life becomes so natural and spontaneous that you cannot breathe without being conscious of your own divinity.

Shakya Muni Buddha in meditation posture

Shakya Muni Buddha in meditation posture

Have you ever realize that slowing you are aging? . Researchers believe  that the aging  process somewhat leads to reduction of  immune response capability, which in turn contributes to more infections, more inflammatory diseases, and more cancer.  With aging we are sure to suffer from some diseases. Close your eyes and feel as if you are old and suffering from cancer. You are in bed counting the days of your death.  How do you feel ? .  Aren’t you scared ? . There is 24 hours in a day. We need to manage our time and make meditation compulsion in our daily life. After all managing your time means managing your life.